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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 10, NO. 1 Spring 1992

The Good Fortune of Bats

Chinese art is rich with images of bats. Bats fly joyously across fabrics and tapestries, jewelry and porcelain, and are carved into jade and ivory, and adorn the columns and facades of palaces and the thrones of emperors. As symbols of good luck and happiness, bats have few rivals in Chinese culture, and their admiration for bats is ancient. The Chinese word for bat is 'fu,' pronounced the same as the word for good fortune.

This detail from a Qing Dynasty silk brocade emperor's robe shows bats with peaches. Bats, thought to embody the male principle, were often depicted with peaches, a popular female fertility symbol. Such designs also hint at acknowledgement of an ecological relationship. Peaches were first cultivated in China some 5,000 years ago, but their wild ancestors relied on bats to disperse their seeds.

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All articles in this issue:
A Decade of Bat Conservation
National Geographic Society Receives BCI's First Distinguished Achievement
The Next 10 Years: A Look to the Future
Educating Through the Media
Zuri: Bat Superstar
Photography and bat conservation
Working at BCI
Celebrate BCI's 10th Anniversary Through a Gift for Life and Legacy
A New Home for BCI
A personal note from the founder of BCI
The Good Fortune of Bats

Unless otherwise noted, all images are copyright ©Merlin D. Tuttle and/or ©Bat Conservation International